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Old 02-03-2020
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Default Working on my the WB40

Hope this is ok, this thread is all the maintenace/repairs/updates I am doing. I didn't want to start 20 new threads, especially when most of what I'm doing has been covered, this is just a record of my work on the wanderlodge. I figure we are just the current owners, and maybe the next owner might like to see what we did.



Feel free to tell me what a dummy I am.


First off, Thanks to Jim Walters for helping me find a Wanderlodge.
Sam Adams for selling me his, and explaining the many, many, systems.
Allen Eversman (think that's the right last name) for explaining many things also!
George Hall, for advice and help about repainting.
And this forum, which was a big factor in buying such a large, complicated machine.


Little about me, Journeymen Machine repair for 24 years now. Not much I don't work on mechanically or house wise. Wife and I live on an old farm, just a couple acres, that I'm trying to fix up. Got old vehicles that I try to keep running.


So on to pics of bus at the moment. Whoops, I'll have to add some later, along with current work.
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Dennis anxious to see the pics
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Awesome, I can't wait to see! Everyone was dumb when they got their first Bird, just own it
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I was an idiot I got mad and threw the bluebird box out in the front yard with all my files, not recommended I can't even remember why now ,everything's really easy to figure out.
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I also have a 91 and not mechanically inclined. But, been having fun, learning everyday, and best of all, meeting great people and making good friends.

Power of WOG as Randy would say!
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Here's some pics of when we brought it home, a very wet and snowy drive. Other pics are from previous owner.







Mom and a Grump looking Dad


























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Here's the first repair! Well, not really, had to make a spot in the pole barn for the Bird's new home, and got to play with my old junk!



What better way to spend groundhog day, then getting rid of groundhogs? Had a burrow of them in the back of the barn. Plugged all the holes and ran the exhaust of jeep in there for an hour. Then used the forks on the tractor to collapse the burrow. Got the other really heavy truck and compacted the floor. Covered with some heavy duty tarps, and ready for a Wanderlodge. Also had to move a light up. Have 12'9" height in barn, so should fit, barely.











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Quick note, I'm very happy with the purchase, and the repairs are expected of a 29 year old vehicle.





First repair. Noticed some boiling/heat from the coach batteries. Found the battery charger was set to high. Set it to low and checked batteries.


Disconnected them and load tested, two were bad. Took those out of the circuit. Multiple loose connections, and couple bad top post clamps. One connector had been repaired, and would arc to ground when rolling battery tray out. Fixed it for now, I'll install new cables and batteries next year.


Engine batteries all tested good, and had good cables.


Aux battery solenoid was acting up, had to turn off and on couple times to work. Looks like a replacement one, probably wasn't rated for load. Ordered a steel body, continuous duty, 200 amp solenoid. Cole Hersee 24213.


Bad solenoid.





Repaired connector that was grounding out.







broken connector


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Looking good
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I'm going to be following this with interest, since I'm looking at a similar vintage.
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